Rally of the Incas 2016

November 13 - December 9, 2016


DECEMBER 5 - 6, 2016

Cusco - Rest Days

Machu Picchu beckons

Despite the fact that this was the start of the much heralded and almost unprecedented two day rest period there was much hustle and bustle early this morning with crews scurrying for the early morning trains and buses headed to Machu Picchu.

Down in the car compound, Andy Inskip and Jamie Turner sat twiddling their tools as there was barely anything meaningful for them to do, so, along with Tony Jones and Bob Harrod they resorted to that old favourite of sorting the washers from the bolts and then looking for the nuts to complete the set.

Lars and Annette Rolner were spotted, cleaning and polishing their Bentley while Andrew Long, flying solo in the garage simply needed to solder the relay from the alternator to give him back his battery charging capability. He’s still coming to terms with the expert way his clutch was put back together in Concepcion by an army of back street mechanics and lathe operators and fears that they’ve now been bitten by the long distance rallying bug.

Such was the draw of this hotel and its location, that some wives, partners and friends had flown in to meet their nearest and dearest and to spend a few days with them. Len Treeter’s wife Laurie, last seen with us on the Road to Mandalay, had already done the sacred valley and along with Len and Layne were about to take a trip up to Macchu Picchu and were planning to spend the night there.

Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th until the Spanish took over in the 16th-century and in 1983 Cusco was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Our hotel is about as central as it’s possible to be in this busy little city and, it was but a short walk to the Plaza de Armas with its many churches, cathedral, museums, cafes and restaurants and tonight, many of us will doubtless sally forth to explore them.

Syd Stelvio



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